William Shakespeare 's ' Macbeth ' Essay

1634 Words Apr 13th, 2016 7 Pages
In William Shakespeare’s tragic play, “Macbeth”, one dominant moral becomes clear to the audience, do not tempt fate, let nature take its course. Some of the ways that Shakespeare achieves this is through the development of conflicts in the plot and also through dialogue, vivid imagery and metaphors created by the atmosphere in the play. The characters develop in the early acts to identify the protagonist and antagonists to the audience. The characters contribute rhetoric that reveals the disturbing of Shakespeare’s theory of the Great Chain of Being, the natural course of order. Many types of conflict that emerge throughout the play alter the course of nature. The three witches set up the first conflict for Macbeth, man versus himself. Does he kill Duncan to acquire the king’s crown as the witches profess or wait for the natural order to reward him with it? “This supernatural soliciting cannot be ill; cannot be good: if ill, why hath it given me earnest of success, commencing in truth? I am thane of Cawdor; If good, why do I yield to that suggestion… (Mac. 1.3.140-144) “ First, as I am his kinsman and his subject, Strong both against the deed; then, as his host, Who should against his murderer shut the door, Not bear the knife myself” (Mac.1.7.13-16) Macbeth’s confusion is obvious when he is arguing with himself about what to do. To kill Duncan for his own ambition makes Macbeth feel betrayal and guilt. Macbeth’s actions go against not only what is morally correct,…

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